By Tony Collins
From the parable of William Webb Ellis to the honor of the 2003 global Cup win, this booklet explores the social background of rugby union in England.
Ever due to the fact that Tom Brown’s Schooldays the game has obvious itself because the dad or mum of conventional English middle-class values. during this attention-grabbing new heritage, best rugby historian Tony Collins demonstrates how those values have formed the English video game, from the general public colleges to mass spectator game, from strict amateurism to international professionalism.
Based on extraordinary entry to the reliable documents of the Rugby soccer Union, and drawing on a powerful array of resources from membership mins to non-public memoirs and modern literature, the publication explores in bright aspect the foremost occasions, personalities and gamers that experience made English rugby.
From an period of fast development on the finish of the 19th century, throughout the bad losses suffered in the course of the First global battle and the next ‘rush to rugby’ within the public and grammar colleges, and into the classes of disorientation and commercialisation within the Nineteen Sixties via to the current day, the tale of English rugby union is usually the tale of the making of contemporary England.
Like all of the best possible writers on recreation, Tony Collins makes use of recreation as a prism in which to higher comprehend either tradition and society. A ground-breaking paintings of either social heritage and game heritage, A Social historical past of English Rugby Union tells a desirable tale of carrying endeavour, masculine id, imperial ideology, social awareness and the character of Englishness.
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